First-Year Composition

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About the program

2021 award-winning FYC instructors Margaret Williams and Michael Cerliano.
2021 award-winning FYC instructors Margaret Williams and Michael Cerliano.

The First-Year Composition (FYC) Program at Texas Woman’s University is a unit within the Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies (LCGS). The program offers a sequence of two courses required by the Texas Common Core: ENG 1013 (Composition I) and ENG 1023 (Composition II). These classes function as a continuum of writing development for TWU students, with a high value placed on sequential coherence and collaboration among students and instructors.

In addition to its core courses, FYC at TWU sponsors professional development for instructors; produces an anthology of award-winning student writing; conducts, presents on and publishes program research; offers annual teaching awards; partners with the Center for Faculty Excellence to promote best practices for writing pedagogy; and collaborates with LCGS  to utilize, study and staff the Digital Composition Lab.

Contact us

If you have questions or comments, please email Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., at

Infographic about benefits of First-Year Composition participation

First-Year Composition by the Numbers: All numbers provided by FYC program data and TWU Factbook. 43% of TWU first-year students were enrolled in an FYC course in Fall 2020. 98 sections of FYC courses were offered in Academic Year 2020-2021. 29 FYC instructors worked with TWU first-year students in Fall 2020. Learn by doing: Critical thinking, problem-solving and effective writing. First-Year Comp resources include the Digital Composition Lab (CFO 104), Instructor Office Hours (CFO 127/128) and the Write Site (BHL 235).

Page last updated 5:06 PM, April 28, 2022